All right. A little bit of movement. Barely. A flinch. But it’s a start.
Per Bob Nightengale, MLB owners are expected to finally present a new economic proposal to the players on Friday. The sides have been locked in a standoff for a week, and the sniping back and forth in the media has been terribly grating (and unhelpful).
We don’t know what the proposal will ultimately be, though we know that the players and their representatives came out AGGRESSIVELY against a revenue-sharing plan, especially if MLB wasn’t going to submit substantially more intimate financial documentation about that revenue and about team expenses.
Hopefully, the Friday presentation includes a workable plan for the players – who likely are willing to consider adjustments to the March deal, despite public comments to the contrary – as well as a great deal more financial information.
Manfred and MLB attorneys plan to present an economic plan to the union by Friday, two people with direct knowledge of the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports, perhaps outlining with greater detail their projected losses in 2020. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were unauthorized to publicly discuss the negotiations.
The union is eagerly awaiting the proposal, and then can spend the Memorial Day weekend poring over it, formulating a counter-proposal.
We’ll see what’s in the proposal on Friday. Well, actually, if this proceeds as everything else has, we’ll hear bits and pieces about the proposal over the next two days in drip-drip fashion …